New YorkAs the globalization of jazz continues, Germanyʼs jazzahead
has become the premier meeting place for members of the jazz industry. It is an international gathering that serves as a networking opportunity and European portal for jazz enterprise. It brings together media, artists, labels, agents, buyers, sellers, and important jazz gatekeepers. jazzahead
announces this yearʼs schedule, reinforcing its themes of industry unity.
The convention combines vital realms of the jazz industry, and offers a complete array of exhibitors and performers:
International Showcase Festival
Conference with Medical Symposium
The international showcase festival offers stylistic diversity with evening presentations bundled into geographical theme nights, such as the German Night
, Overseas Night
and Turkish Night
. In addition, the Club Night
focuses on introducing 14 local venues. Throughout the day the European Jazz Meeting
presents high quality showcases, during which musicians perform on two stages.
Past participants have included Joe Zawinul
, John Scofield
, Norma Winstone
, Maceo Parker
, John Taylor
, Kenny Wheeler
, Maria Joao
and John McLaughlin
For the first time ever, jazzahead
will join forces with a cultural partner. This year the proud partner is Turkey
, with a dedicated night of showcases. A special highlight will be Turkish superstar ((Sezen Aksu}} and her Acoustic Band, featuring Fahir Atakoglu
All registered participants will have access to the Attorneyʼs Corner
, a forum for professional advice on contracts, trademarks, event legislation and more. They can also enroll in Matchmaking Sessions
, a forum designed to facilitate potential business partnerships in pre-scheduled meetings. This yearʼs cooperation with finetunes
, a digital music distributor, will result in a special section on www.jazzshack.net, providing music downloads of all showcases.
The annual jazzahead Skoda Award
recognizes important personalities in jazz. This year, top honors go to Claude Nobs
, founder and general manager of the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival. The award ceremony will take place during the official opening festivities on April 29.
Founded in 2006, jazzahead
can claim constant growth and expansion. In this yearʼs edition, the conventionʼs presentation area at the congress center will double in size, featuring more than 300 international exhibitors
from 30 countries
. 1800 professional participants
are expected. Bremen
is a city-state in northern Germany. It is conveniently located one hour by car from Hamburg and 90 minutes from Hanover. It is a tourist destination, with many sights to see: the old city with its Unesco World Heritage
landmarks of Town Hall and the Statue of Roland; the historic district of Schnoor; and the cityʼs magnificent port. Bremenʼs airport and train station offer easy connections to nearby German and European cities.
To learn more about the special weekend package
in Bremen, including 2 nights in a hotel withbreakfast, free admission to all participating venues at the Club Night, public transportation and more, please go to All About Jazz
For special offers
on train travel with ʻDeutsche Bahnʼ within Europe or Germany, please visit All About Jazz jazzaheadʼs Artistic Director Ulrich Beckerhoff
will be at Austinʼs SXSW
this year, and at the German Pavilion, booth #'s 619, 621, 718, 720, in Exhibit Hall 4
. The Wunderbar brochure
offers a detailed look at the state of German music.